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high and dry, another 1,700 residents are forced to flee their arizona homes as wildfires gain ground across the southwest. war of words. the house may vote this week on cutting funds for u.s. military operations in libya as at nato air strike mistakenly kills nine civilians in tripoli. and a celtic tiger. 22-year-old rory mcilroy of northern ireland goes wire to wire, smashing records and making history at the u.s. open. captioning funded by cbs and good morning, everybody. good to see you, i'm terrell brown in for betty nguyen. we begin with mother nature and a swarm of stubborn
wildfires that just won't quit. wildfires big and small are burning from east texas all the way to southern california, one of the worst is the monument fire near sierra vista in southern arizona. authorities ordered another 1,700 homes to evacuate sunday as high winds wlipd the flames out of control, forcing fire crews to fall back and regroup. the monument fire had already burned 44 homes and many more are in jeopardy. at least 7,000 residents have been forced to flee, many into local shelters. >> this is how we stay until we get the news good or bad. >> reporter: in new mexico the small town of lieu in a is now in changer. president the wallow fire jumped over the arizona border last week and has gaining ground ever since and already torched nearly 800 square miles. east texas is the latest area to burn. a grass fire that started friday spread over the weekend into the fourth largest in state history. at least two homes have been
destroyed. >> we ain't moving until the fire's in the backyard for good. when we know it's going to hit the house we'll leave. until then, we staying. >> reporter: most of the fires burning across the southwest are believed to be caused by humans. the region's been hit by a record drought this year and bone dry grass is the perfect fuel for wildfires. some areas are the driest they've been since the 1930s. fire crews in arizona should get a little bit of a break today. winds as high as 660 miles per hour. flooding and other severe weather remains a severe issue across the country. a levee breach in alaska and new flooding worries in minot, north dakota. two weeks ago people were evacuated. a tornado was spotted. no word on injuries or damage. the house could vote this
week on cutting funds for u.s. military support for the nato air campaign in libya, meanwhile nato admitted it accidentally hit a residential neighborhood in tripoli yesterday. tara mergener has details. >> good morning. nato is investigating sunday's incident which could create new doubts about its mission. rescue crews searched through the wreckage of the building trying to find survivors. libyan officials say at least nine people were killed, including two children, after a nato missile hit this residential neighborhood. >> you have seen with your own eyes the terrible disaster that has taken place. >> reporter: members of moammar gadhafi's government rushed reporters to the site to show the damage, including several children's toys. nato commanders say pilots were trying to hit a libyan weapons site but one missile missed. it's been three months since the u.s. and nato launched air
strikes in libya and gadhafi remains in power. now some lawmakers here on capitol hill believe it's time for america to leave. a group of ten republicans and democrats has filed a federal lawsuit challenging president obama's power to commit u.s. forces in libya and house speaker john boehner says lawmakers could consider a measure this week to cut off funding for the effort. but the obama administration says it does not need the approval of congress. >> frankly, i think cutting off funding in the middle of a military operation when we have people engaged is always a mistake. >> reporter: and key republicans in the senate, including john mccain, agree. >> if we do not continue this effort in libya, if gadhafi remains in power, it could have profound consequences. >> reporter: mccain says he is trying to pass a resolution that would give the president the support of congress to continue the mission in libya. and the white house estimates the u.s. will spend more than $1
billion on the mission by early september. terrell, back to you. >> tara mergener in washington for us this morning, thank you. to syria now, president bashar al assad is scheduled to deliver a national address today, only his third since mass protests against his rule began. syrian troops are blocking the border with turkey, more than 10,000 civilians have fled the crackdown on the protesters. at least 1,300 protesters have been killed since march. the united states have been holding secret talks with the taliban for weeks. the talks are preliminary. a gradual troopwithdrawal from afghanistan is expected to begin next month. many are worried about the cost of the war and are calling for a faster withdrawal. yesterday gates warned of the mistake. >> what was the cost of 9/11 because we left afghanistan in 1989? how much money have we spent
since 9/11 trying to deal with that problem? >> gates admits the country is wary of war but says the president must consider long-term consequences. the race for the republican presidential nomination is about to get crowded. jon huntsman plans to announce his candidacy tomorrow. huntsman recently resigned after serving as president obama's ambassador to china. texas governor rick perry hasn't said whether he'll run but when he spoke over the weekend, he sounded like a candidate. >> i stand before you today, a disciplined conservative texan, a committed republican and a proud american, united with you in the desire to restore our nation and revive the american dream. ning news."
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visit celebrex.com and ask your doctor about celebrex. alyssa campanella took the crown last night in las vegas. she'll now represent the u.s. and the miss universe pageant. besides looking great in a bikini and evening gown, she answered a question about marijuana saying she doesn't think it should be legalized. a new report out today says twice as many kids may have good allergies as previously thought. about 8% of children in the u.s. are affected, double the number estimated just three years ago. the most common allergies for kids are peanuts and milk. "cbs moneywatch" time on a money, another down day for stocks in asia. ashley morrison good morning to you. >> good morning to you, terrell. most asian markets were lower after this the eu delayed a decision to help greece with its debt. hong song's hang seng dropped a fraction. the nikkei edged up. last week the dow gained
about half a percent while the nasdaq lost 1%. united airlines says everything should be back to normal today. over the weekend computer problems forced the carrier along with u.s. airways to cancel dozens of flights stranding thousands of passengers. many more flights were delayed and the ripple effect affected every major airport in the country. united says it was not a cyber attack. meantime, gamemaker sega says hackers stole the data of more than 1 million users, e-mail addresses, birth dates and passwords but apparently no financial information. it's unclear who was behind it. the group responsible for the nintendo and sony cyber attacks denied responsibility. bank of america customers are waking up to a new fee, beginning today customers who miss a credit card payment could be subject to penalties as high as 30% and have to pay a late fee of up to $25. the bank notified customers of the change back in april.
at the movies "the green lantern" lit up the box office. the superhero flick staring ryan reynolds opened in the top spot with tickets sales close to $53 million. last week "super 8" flipped to second with "mr. popper's penguins" coming in third. and terrell, if there's any question about gentlemen preferring blonds and the dresses they wear look at this. you know the iconic white number that marilyn monroe wore in the "seven year itch" can brought in $4.6 million, there we would, whoop, debbie reynolds selling movie memorabilia she correct collected and that dress is very well-known. >> throwing away the dress and let the bidding begin. ashley morrison in new york thank you. totally different note, amy
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again, highs in the upper 90s. and low 100s. pleasant conditions in the northeast and northwest. the southeast will be hot and humid. and sports this morning. golf may have a new tiger woods. 22-year-old rory mcilroy from northern ireland won the u.s. open, he finished at 16 under par, a remarkable 8 strokes ahead of his nearest challenger and best score in the history of the tournament. mcilroy is also the youngest open champion since bobby jones won as an amateur in 1923. >> it's a great feeling. i got my first major championship out of the way quite early on in my career especially after what's happened over the last couple of months. feels great. just looking forward to putting myself in the picture for hopefully many more. >> in all mcilroy set a dozen u.s. open records along with the trophy. he takes home a cool $1.4
million. to baseball now, wrigley field, the yankees pulled out the big bats against the cubs. brett gardner got it going with his first career lead-off homer, in the eighth, nick swisher crushed a three-run bomb to right field. new york win it 10-4. in boston stanley cup champions bruins, the whole team threw out the first ceremonial pitch at fenway park. the red sox easy 12-3 victory. when we come back another look at this morning's top stories and fear in farming country, all this after the senate votes overwhelmingly to cut billions in ethanol subsidies. mingly to cut billions in ethanol subsidies. a toasty 6-inch flatbread breakfast sandwich ] and a 16-ounce cup of freshly brewed seattle's best coffee. all for just $3. [ clucks ] build a breakfast of epic proportions, like the crispalicious bacon, egg, & cheese with everything from juicy tomatoes to zesty jalapenos, for a delicious way to start your day. the new subway $3 flatbread breakfast combo.
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let's get another look at this morning's top stories on a monday. wildfires in arizona and new mexico forced evacuations. the monument fire in southern arizona forced 7,000 people to evacuate. yesterday the fire jumped a highway forcing residents to abandon another 1,500 homes. high winds are expected to die down a bit today. nato says its war planes accidentally struck a residential neighborhood in tripoli. libya's government says nine people were killed, including two children. nato blames a systems failure. republicans appear willing to make a temporary compromise in raising the u.s. debt limit. if it's not raised by august 2nd, the white house warns the u.s. will run out of money to pay the nation's bills. senator mitch mcconnell said yesterday on "face the nation" a short term solution is possible. >> the president and vice president, everybody knows you have to tackle entitlement reform. if we can't do that we'll probably end up with a very short term proposal over a few
months and be back having the same discussion again in the fall. >> but there were no debt talks on saturday as president obama and house speaker john boehner teed off for a little golf summit. the president and speaker teamed up to beat vice president biden and republican ohio governor john kasich. much has and will be said about campaign cuts. last week after years of controversy and debate, the u.s. senate voted 73-27 to end billions in annual subsidies to the ethanol industry. that is not going over well in the heartlands. cynthia bowers reports. >> reporter: illinois corn farmer paul taylor admits he was caught off guard by the senate vote to cut $6 billion in ethanol subsidies. >> i think it's a blow to american's corn farmers. >> reporter: the 45 cent per gallon tax break goes to refiners but farmers say the increased demand for corn boosts prices which have nearly doubled since last year. >> the impact on our bottom
line, anything we do to reduce demand ultimately reduces price. >> reporter: just one short decade ago, only about 10% of america's corn went to ethanol. now the number is closer to 40%. that's nearly half of all the corn we grow in this country going right into the gas tank. oil analyst bill flynn says after 30 years of taxpayer health, it is time for the ethanol industry to stand on its own. >> this industry is big enough to take the training wheels off. why do they need a 45 to 50 cent a gallon credit just to do their business. >> reporter: one alternative that could save billions is to reduce the subsidy and paul taylor says farmers could live with that. >> the short answer is yes, we're willing to play ball. we want to be at the table, we want to be players and talk about where the ethanol industry is going. >> reporter: for now farmers are watching this year's crop and worrying about the next. cynthia bowers, cbs news, esmond, illinois. this morning on the "early" show the republican presidential field keeps growing and looks
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beginning today the city of chicago is putting an additional 150 police officers on the streets in high crime areas. it's an attempt to prevent a surge of violence among youth this summer. as dean reynolds reports there may be a better solution. give a kid a bike. >> reporter: on the tough streets of chicago's gang-ridden woodlawn neighborhood, blackstone bicycle works is more than a bike shop. >> we want to tighten the spokes. >> reporter: here kids ages 9 to 16 are offered the chance to learn how to fix and maintain bikes and the best part is they can earn the right to pick one out for themselves for free, if they put in 25 consistent hours of work at the shop. >> take off your cap. >> reporter: last year about 180 kids took part. for some of them is it their first bike?
>> yeah for some of our young people it is. seeing the child or youth earn the bike for their first time is a wonderful thing. >> reporter: aaron swanton is the youth program manager at the shop. >> i think that element of work, you know, it's really good, kind of hard work, you know, there's a lot of fulfillment you get out of learning how to fix a bicycle. >> reporter: kevin applewhite came here when he was 13 and stayed so long he's now 19 and an employee. >> you learn how to be all together i guess a better person because you learn how to be around other people. >> reporter: that's not all they learn. the shop, part of a non-profit organization that survives more on donations than its actual business also offers their kids help with homework and a safe environment, and protection against the danger that lurks outside. >> there are kids who can't even walk home from the bike shop, because they're crossing other gang territories, so the guys in the shop have to help them to get home. >> reporter: kevin says he used to be part of the problem. >> i didn't think i was going to
live to see 18. i didn't think i was going to live to graduate out of high school. being at the shop changed all that. like they, they helped me realize that i could do something with my life. >> reporter: and so he has. he's landed a second job maintaining campus rental bikes at the university of chicago. feels good to have a job, i mean to be productive. >> it feels very good like to have, to have something else to do besides be on the street. >> reporter: for kevin and the other kids the good feeling is plain to see. >> i like the wind that comes in my face. it's a really cool feeling, especially on a hot day. it feels like i can go on forever and ever and ever. >> reporter: as we said, this is more than a bike shop. dean reynolds, cbs news, chicago. coming up later on the "early" show, signs of a diplomatic breakthrough in peace talks with the taliban, but can they be trusted? plus important new findings
of the safety of a vaccine for a commonly sexually transmitted innex american women. and gabby giffords' homecoming, the american congresswoman visits her family for the first time since the january shooting. all of that and more on the "early" show. that will do it for this monday morning edition of the "cbs morning news." appreciate you watching. i'm terrell brown. take care, everybody. have a great day. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com h ,,,,,,,,